My Wedding: One Year Later

Can you believe it's been a year since my wedding? I know I can't! This time absolutely flew by!But yes, it was our one year anniversary on Monday.I've heard it said that the first year of marriage is the hardest, as you adjust to one another. I hope that's true because I found it extremely easy! Brad and I love being married to each other and it has been nothing but smooth in our first year of marriage.We've faced some challenges in our lives since we first got together but … [Read more...]


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The Truth About Married Life: One Month In

Before I got married I heard three different things:1) Some people said that everything changes. It's a huge shift in your life and you really feel it.2) Some people said that nothing changes and nothing feels different.3) Some people said that there was a subtle shift and a deeper sense of security.I really thought that I would be number three. I was sure that getting married would make me feel something new. Particularly because it's something that has been on my list of top … [Read more...]


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Top Posts of August

August was a lot of fun with interesting discussion on a number of posts. This community is best when it's talking, so I love to see people engaging and wondering and explaining from their own perspectives.1) Happy Birthday, Krishna. I posted a short guide to the Hindu holiday of Krishna Janmashtami and it seems like everyone really enjoyed that one. It's gotten more hits than any other post on my blog ever and it's only been up since the end of August! I guess that means that a lot of … [Read more...]


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What I Will Tell My Children About Love

Love is something that I have a shaky understanding of. My parents are practical, grounded scientists and I don’t recall talking much about love. Not as a child. Though by the time I was a teenager, I was getting some intense messages about it from the culture around me.No, I don’t mean American popular culture. I mean the spiritual organization I grew up in.In the general American culture it seems that the way people understand love is that it is a feeling and it needs to be sta … [Read more...]


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Hindu/Scottish: Ambaa’s Epic Wedding Post

My wedding weekend kicked off on Thursday August 15th with a dinner with my parents, brother, and mother-in-law. Friday my parents had lunch with my father-in-law and my brother joined Brad's 12 hour bachelor party (it started noon on Friday and went until a bit past midnight!) Meanwhile my parents and I went to pick up relatives at the airport and have dinner with them.Back at my apartment, my cousin Emily, a talented makeup artist from Los Angeles (check out her page Emily Does Makeup), p … [Read more...]


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T Minus 18 days

We are only two and half weeks from my wedding now! Where does the time go?When we first got engaged, it felt like I had a ton of time and was very impatient waiting. But somewhere around the thirty day mark, it finally hit me that this is happening and happening soon.I'm so looking forward to calling Brad my husband. I'm looking forward to seeing as many friends and family as I possibly can all together in one place and having fun together. It's going to be great.I'm also getting … [Read more...]


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Lessons Learned From My Parents’ Marriage

I've been reading with interest a bit of a debate going on around Huffington Post Weddings about whether or not marriage is hard work. Some people are getting tired of hearing that oft-touted wisdom about relationships taking lots of work. My relationship thus far has been so easy and simple and loving that it's difficult for me to imagine what this work people talk about must be. But then I'm not even married yet, so my thoughts are not valid. As the comments suggest, neither is the opinion of … [Read more...]


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Wedding Cake!

I'm surprisingly excited about having a wedding cake. It has never been in my plan just because it seemed like an unnecessary expense, yet given the opportunity to get one, I am totally thrilled!It seems like one of those quintessential wedding experiences.Brad's friend, Kee, at GotteGris Bakery, is creating our cake and she's going to Hindu theme it!Maybe like one of these cakes that I think I saw on Pinterest (Also, I have a Wedding Pinterest board and it's got a lot of cool things … [Read more...]


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Wedding: Blending Ceremony Elements

On a lot of the wedding sites I like to read I hear complaints that it's hard to find examples of blended Hindu ceremonies or really any interfaith ceremonies. It can be hard to get inspiration and figure out how to integrate your wedding into a cohesive whole when you are planning an interfaith or intercultural ceremony.For me personally, I always saw a wedding ceremony as the blank canvas, or maybe a new iPhone. You just add in your widgets or apps where ever you want. Each element of a … [Read more...]


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